ROTW: Parents, children, and media
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Anyway, on with the show. It's time for the third installment of my\nnew Report of the Week (ROTW) feature. This week's\nreport is from the Kaiser Family\nFoundation:\n
Here's a quote from the report:\n
Most parents aren't very happy with the amount of sex or violence in the\nmedia today. Two-thirds say they are very concerned about the amount of\ninappropriate media content children in this country are exposed to, and many\nbelieve media is a major contributor to young people's violent or sexual\nbehaviors. In fact, a strong majority would support government regulations on\nthe amount of such content during the early evening hours. . . . At the same\ntime, the majority of parents see inappropriate media primarily as someone\nelse's problem: only one in five (20%) say their own children are seeing "a lot"\nof inappropriate content. The proportion of parents who are "very" concerned\nabout their own children's exposure to sex or violence on TV - while still high\n- has declined steadily over the past nine years.
I think the Kaiser Family Foundation has a\nnumber of great reports. If you haven't seen them, also check out their reports\non media in the\nlives of 818 year-olds, how kids' media use\nhelps parents cope, and how Internet filters\naffect the search for online health information.\n
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